Somali refugees take up new roots in Greeley

Somali refugees who flocked to jobs in U.S. slaughterhouses — including plants in Greeley and Fort Morgan — are moving beyond cutting floors to Main Street. They’ve established shops offering imported items. An unmarked mosque in central Greeley offers a place for Muslim worship. Informal “hawala” money-transfer services help reach relatives stranded in war-torn Somalia and refugee camps in neighboring Kenya. A former burrito restaurant now sells plates of rice, lamb and goat.

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